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Lindsey Graham: Allies Say Obama Respects 'Enemies More Than Friends'

By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 02:13 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham told "Fox & Friends" he saw directly the results of the foreign policy of President Barack Obama during a recent trip to the Middle East, where foreign officials told him the United States appeared to respect its enemies more than its friends.

Graham said he traveled to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel, where he found Obama's standing in the region to be "terrible."

"They said it's better to be America's enemy than her friend, because she seems to respect her enemies more," the South Carolina Republican said Friday.

"President Obama's basically incompetent when it comes to foreign policy. He's stubborn and he's arrogant, because he's refusing to adjust at a time when the circumstances are screaming out to adjust."

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Iran was "on the march," and four Arab capitals were "under the influence of the Iranians at a time we're trying to negotiate with this new moderate regime," he said.

Tehran also backed Houthi insurgents in Yemen, and "completely" controlled Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. In addition, Graham said there was a "problem" in Iraq and Lebanon.

"The Iranians are destabilizing the Mideast. They want a nuclear weapon, and their missile program is inconsistent with a moderate peaceful regime. This is a disaster in the making," he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry was also "completely out of touch" with his policies on battling the Islamic State (ISIS, or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, he said.

"I met with the Free Syrian Army commander. He says ISIL is stronger today than they've ever been," Graham said. "They control vast areas of Syria. They're economically stronger, and they have an unholy alliance with Assad."

Though the U.S. strategy to train the Free Syrian Army rebels was a "good thing," Graham said it was "militarily unsound and immoral" to have them battle ISIS "without any protection from Assad," who would "kill them just as soon as they go in."

"There is no strategy to degrade or defeat ISIL. That's the right goal. But, the strategy is not working," he said. "The president is trying to run out his time and pass this problem on to the next president, and we're going to get hit."

Graham, who recently expressed an interest in running for president in 2016, said he would make a decision in May on whether or not to enter the race.

"All I can say is, I think I'm well-qualified for that task and others," he said. "When (allies) tell you to your face, it's better to be America's enemy than friend, somebody needs to fix that."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham told "Fox & Friends" he saw directly the results of the foreign policy of President Barack Obama during a recent trip to the Middle East, where foreign officials told him the United States appeared to respect its enemies more than its friends.
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